Living Fossils

Survivors from Earth's Distant Past

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 8   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

In the history of life on this planet, 99.9 percent of all species have gone extinct. But a few have survived almost unchanged. Author Rebecca E. Hirsch introduces readers to six living fossils, including the chambered nautilus, the horseshoe crab with its sticky blue blood, and venomous platypuses that sting, as well as a comprehensive explanation of evolution and extinction for readers who may not be familiar with the terms yet. Readers will also discover a a spectacular timeline of the history of animal life on Earth. Dive into the stories of these incredible animals and find out how they help scientists piece together evolutionary history.

Format Your Price
Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Nonfiction
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Expository Literature, Animals, Science
Copyright 2021
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2020-10-06
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF037050, JNF051150, JNF003050
Dewey 591.3/8
Dimensions 10.625 x 8.875
Guided Reading Level X
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, Sidebars, and Timeline


School Library Journal

“[A] fascinating overview of animals that are the last or almost the last of their kind within the context of evolution and extinction.”—School Library Journal


“An informative book for readers drawn to strange and amazing animals.”—Booklist

Kirkus Reviews

“A satisfying selection of nature’s survivors for readers intrigued by the animal world.”—Kirkus Reviews

Author: Rebecca E. Hirsch

Rebecca E. Hirsch, PhD, is the author of numerous books about science, nature, and geography for children. She lives with her husband and three children in State College, Pennsylvania. You can visit her online at